Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WE SAW 'ANT MAN'

Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low 80 Mostly Sunny High 106) 

We recently saw 'Ant Man', the latest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).




Although there is a lot of action there also is more comedy than other MCU movies which we liked. The plot of the movie involves shrinking technology, developed by Hank Pym (the original Ant Man) played by Michael Douglas, and keeping it safe from evildoers. The opening scene in 1989 involving a younger Hank Pym and his resignation from SHIELD that has Peggy Carter and the father of Tony Stark (Iron Man) was neat.

Flash-forward to present day and Hank Pym's protege has duplicated his shrinking technology so there is a need for a new Ant Man. Enter Paul Rudd as Scott Lang. Evangeline Lilly plays Hope Kym, Hank's estranged daughter.

Like we said lots of action and neat tie-ins to the other MCU movies. There is a scene with an Avenger and Ant Man will be in future movies. The requisite Stan Lee cameo was pretty cool too. As with all MCU movies there are extra bonus material in the credits. This time about 2 minutes into the credits is extra Ant Man material and there is more at the end of the credits.

Although not our favorite MCU movie it was still a good one and sure beat the heat being in a cool movie theater.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

JO'S DONE, AND SHE'S HUNGRY

Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low 80 Sunny 104)

"Jo's done, and she's hungry", those were the words spoken by the nurse yesterday when she came for Bob. Jo just had a nerve ablation, or RFA, on the left side of her neck. Radiofrequency (RFA) is a procedure used to reduce pain. An electrical current produced by a radio wave is used to heat up a small area of nerve tissue, thereby decreasing pain signals.

Since the procedure involved deadening and pain medications Jo could not eat for 6 hours before the procedure. Breakfast was now a long time in the past so she was ready to eat. We got takeout from Texas Roadhouse on the way home.

As the deadening wore off Jo was more uncomfortable as the evening progressed with pain in that area and a headache. She is looking forward to being able to take NSAIDS again. She was pretty good today as we went out to eat and to see a movie.

We don't care what they say about radio frequency, this is what they used on the nerve :-)




Here is Jo in more comfortable times in Yosemite.




Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

GOT PERSONALIZED LICENSE PLATES

Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low 82 Sunny High 104) 

We recently got personalized license plates, Iowa State Cyclones, from the great State of Texas. Here is a sample from the website. This is not a real plate but ironic isn't it, BB for Bob Baskerville?




Thanks to the efforts of the Alumni Association and a group of alumni, the State of Texas is now offering residents the option to purchase Iowa State University Cyclones license plates. Enough alumni pre-ordered the plates, Bob was one of them, that they were issued and became available in June.

Interestingly, the existence of Iowa State license plates in Texas was recently mentioned in a Supreme Court opinion by Justice Samuel Alito. While sarcastically dissenting in Walker v. Texas, a case about the state’s authority to control what can be printed on license plates, Alito wrote: “As you sat there watching these plates speed by, would you really think that the sentiments reflected in these specialty plates are the views of the State of Texas and not those of the owners of the cars? If you saw Texas plates with the names of the University of Texas’s out-of-state competitors in upcoming games – Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, the University of Oklahoma, Kansas State, Iowa State – would you assume that the State of Texas was officially (and perhaps treasonously) rooting for the Longhorns’ opponents?”

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, July 18, 2015

THIS ONE IS FOR OUR DESTINY RV PARK FRIENDS

Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low aa Conditions High bb)

Destiny RV Park where we usually winter and are still at is getting the main streets repaved. We talked to the guy who was marking the streets and he told us to keep the windows and doors closed. That should be no problem in the 110 degree heat :-)

Here is the main street in front of our site with the clubhouse in the distance after they were marked for cutting. As you can see the streets are in desperate need of repair.



1st pass of current streets cut to prepare for new asphalt.



1st pass cutting other direction.




2nd pass cutting of asphalt of current streets.



With new asphalt.




New paved streets by the clubhouse with the entrance in the distance.




Here is the project map showing what streets will be done and when (remember you can click on the photo to enlarge).




They started at 7a cutting the asphalt in front of our site and everybody knows how late Jo likes to sleep in so this was an annoying start. Plus it was a noisy, dusty, and smelly with some lingering asphalt smell still present for a few days. It will be worth it though.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A PIZZA-PIZZA DAY

Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low 81 Sunny High 106) 

A Pizza-Pizza day and we don't mean Little Caesar's (although we like Little Caesar's a lot).

We met Jim and Sandie of 'Where are the Dixon's Today?' blogging fame at Sal's Gilbert Pizza in Gilbert Arizona. We have blogged about this place before and Sal's has been on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. We really like their unique approach to pizza and had to let Jim and Sandie know about this great place. They put toppings on pizza you would not expect but it works, it really does.



Jo got a slice of her favorite baked ziti pizza, yeah baked ziti pasta as a topping.




While Bob got a slice of his favorite the spaghetti and meatball pizza




Bob added a slice of the chicken marsala pizza since it was so highly recommended. It had toppings of chicken, grilled onions, mushrooms and marsala wine sauce.




Jo added a salad. Everything we had was great as usual. Jim and Sandie had a stromboli and a sub sandwich and both liked what they got.

We sat and talked about upcoming medical procedures. Why else would we both be here in the heat in mid-July? Jim has his on the 20th and Jo has hers on the 21st.

The second part of Pizza-Pizza was next and requires a little background. Bob's sister recently sent him a link to the 10 best pizzas in their home state of Iowa. Coming in at No. 4 on that list was 'Happy Joe's Pizza and Ice Cream'.




Happy Joe's is a small midwest chain that lays claim to being the inventor of the taco pizza. Taco pizzas are mostly found in the midwest and consist of refried beans as the tomato sauce replacement topped with meat, cheese, tomatoes, onions and black olives. Lettuce, sour cream, taco chips, and salsa are added after baking. It is really good

While Bob was reminiscing about his many trips to a Happy Joe's and lamenting that Jo has never been to one he finds out that there is a recently opened Happy Joe's location in Gilbert Arizona, the only non-midwest location, about 5 minutes from Sal's. We didn't go there for the Taco Pizza this time, we ordered a Happy Joe's Special to go, a combination of Canadian bacon and sauerkraut. We like unique toppings on our pizzas what can we say? We had a couple of slices for supper and it was as good, or even better, as Bob remembers. Jo also liked this unique pizza. 




While waiting for the pizza we originally planned to take advantage of the ice cream portion of their name but this location is too small to have ice cream. We ordered the pizza to go at 'Happy Joe's Pasta and Wings' and then headed to Udder Delight just down the road for ice cream. Jim and Sandie went with us and we continued our great conversation. We never met these guys until we started RV'ng fulltime and following each others blogs and have only met a few times in person but it is amazing how easy it is to converse with them.

A Pizza-Pizza day in the heat of the valley of the sun.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Monday, July 13, 2015

AN INSIDE AND OUT KIND OF DAY

Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low 79 Sunny High 107) 

We had an Inside and Out kind of day recently. First we saw the movie 'Inside Out'.




This is Pixar's latest film. Pixar is the studio that has brought us 'Toy Story', 'Finding Nemo', 'Cars' and many others. 'Inside Out' deals with the voices inside your head; joy, disgust, fear, anger and sadness. The voices begin with the birth of Riley and follows this little girl as she grows up. It is a feel good movie that makes you laugh and Bob got even a little teary eyed a couple of times. Some of the best scenes deal with the voices inside the other people in Riley's lives.

We went to lunch at In-n-Out which is Bob's favorite chain burger and in Jo's top 5.




We both got double doubles (double meat double cheese). Bob got his 'animal style' from the not so secret menu.




An INside aNd OUT kind of day.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, July 10, 2015

TERMINATOR REBOOT - YOU KNOW YOU ARE GETTING OLD WHEN

Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low 79 Sunny High 103) 

You know you are getting old when movie series you watched years ago are rebooted with a younger cast. These movies include 'Star Trek', 'Spiderman', 'Superman' and now 'Terminator' among others.  We recently saw 'Terminator: Genisys'. 




The best way to reboot a series, especially a science fiction series like 'Star Trek' or 'Terminator', is to create a new timeline. This is accomplished by the Arnold Schwarzenegger T800 Terminator being sent earlier to protect Sarah Conner by a person or persons unknown at this time allowing younger actors. Then there is more time travel, this time into the future. This allows an older Arnold to play the role since he is encased in human skin which ages making his starring quasi believable. There is a great scene where the CGI version of the younger Arnold and the older Arnold engage in a battle.

The new timeline moves judgement day, the rise of the machines, later and ties it into the smartphone and tablet era. Since we are fans of all things 'Terminator' we liked the reboot and look forward to the sequels. There are a few references to the older movies which was neat. All in all we liked the movie and recommend it.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, July 4, 2015

OLD GUYS RULE

Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low 86 Times of Clouds and Sun High 107) 

Subtitled: King of the Road

Bob's sister sent him this great t-shirt that she found while in Florida recently. Thanks go out to KB for this. Here is the front, 'old guys rule'.




Here is the back, 'king of the road'.




'King of the Road' enlarged.




Now we just have to find a t-shirt to donate because if something comes in something goes out.

A Happy 4th of July to all!!



Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, July 2, 2015

SAW 'SAN ANDREAS', 'ALOHA', AND 'JURASSIC WORLD'

Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low 84 Breezy High 106) 

With all the heat we have a lot of indoor activities. We recently saw 'San Andreas'.




Starring Dwayne Johnson as a rescue team leader this is an action packed disaster movie that we used to watch. The plot is that he is trying to save his wife and daughter from a series of major earthquakes along the San Andreas Fault. 

We really liked this movie and recommend it. Certainly not an Academy Award winner but incredible special effects and great acting by Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario and the always great Paul Giamatti. 'The Rock' has come a long way. A lot of movies with a lot of action the scenes can drag on and you are like, just kill the guy, but in this movie we never got that feeling.

Next we saw 'Aloha' starring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone and the never disappointing Rachel McAdams among others..




Another not an Academy Award winner but a fun movie nonetheless. Bradley Cooper plays a military contractor on assignment in Hawaii. He is guided by an Air Force Captain played by Emma Stone. While there he meets up with an old girlfriend played by Rachel McAdams. A fun couple of hours for sure.

Finally, we just saw 'Jurassic World'.




Chris Pratt is everywhere now it seems, we remember him as the brother on the old TV show 'Everwood'. There is a lot of action in this movie, a new dinosaur along with some recurring ones from the three previous movies. Dinosaurs are penned in, dinosaurs get loose, ah you know the plot. Lots of action and an entertaining 2 hours.

Being inside and cool is pretty important right now in the valley of the sun where the 110s are normal.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, June 27, 2015

ALL IN; WEATHERTECH EDITION

Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low 86 Afternoon Storms High 109) 

We have a tendency that when we jump in we jump in all the way, from Google to Good Sam to others. The latest all in is Weathertech. We had been looking at replacing our carpeted floor liners on our Ford F-350 and were down to choosing between Weathertech and Husky Liners. When Paul and Margery from Living our Dream chose Weathertech and then blogged about it we were closer to choosing. 

By this time we also need a new sun shade. Bob did a lot of research and settled on Weathertech. It is a US company which makes us feel good. What we like about their products is that they are laser measured and customized for each vehicle. Here is the sun shade from the inside.




And from the front. 




What we like about the Weathertech sun shade is that it fits incredibly well and it rolls up and has a velcro strap for easy storage when not using. 

We chose black for the floor liners because most of the time here in Goodyear we are tracking in black dust, probably from the old asphalt. Our old carpet was stained pretty bad in black. We figured that wouldn't show up as bad on the black floor liners. Here is the back seat with the seats up.




With the seats down.




The front seat.




It scares us but Weathertech has many more products to chose from to continue our 'all in' mentality. We purchased the liner cleaner and protector products along with an interior detailer and an interior glass cleaner. We will let you know how they work.

We will leave you with this photo from our park of a blooming saguaro. 




We have seen these before but never with one with so many possible blooms.




Weather wise it was bound to happen and it looks like the rainy season may be upon us as the afternoon forecast calls for thunderstorms. Yeah all we need is humidity in addition to 110 degree days.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, June 25, 2015

RETURNING TO THE HEAT, PART 1

Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low 84 Partly Sunny High 110) 

We left Pinetop-Lakeside Arizona yesterday and headed back to Goodyear. It was about 80 degrees when we hooked up and left. It was a beautiful drive as we went from 7000 feet down to the valley.

As we got closer we were amazed to see the fountain in Fountain Hills from the highway. This fountain goes off every hour for 15 minutes and hits heights of 560 feet. It is impressive up close and from a distance. Here is a shot from the web that approximates what we saw from the road.



By the time we went through a traffic jam caused by a wreck and then normal I-10 traffic it was 

HOT


It was 108 when we arrived. Bob has had some good backing in success recently but not this time. He just didn't have it, of course when it was 108 he can't do it but when it was 70 it was no problem :-) 

At least there wasn't a big crowd gathered around to watch the spectacle. There might have been if it was cooler. By now it was 99 inside the RV and it took a long time to get it comfortable. We are seriously reconsidering another chapter in the 'Escaping the Heat' saga if this is what we have to look forward to. We have an onboard generator and maybe the only way we escape the heat again is if we run the generator while traveling. What are everybody's thoughts on that?

We have a pain center appointment for Jo today so hopefully we will know more about what she will have done and when.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Monday, June 22, 2015

EXTENDED OUR STAY

Currently in Pinetop-Lakeside AZ (Low 60 Abundant Sunshine High 91) 

Just a brief update that we have extended our stay three nights in the mountains. Although it has been in the 90s here for awhile that is better than the 110s (one day at 115) in the valley. The park wifi has been very intermittent, mostly no service. This morning was good, enough for us to post this.

We are heading back Wednesday for Jo's appointment at the pain center on Thursday.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

ESCAPING THE HEAT, PART 1

Currently in Pinetop-Lakeside AZ (Low 52 Sunshine and Some Clouds High 84) 


With temperatures in the 110+ range in the Phoenix area this week we decided to head up to the Show Low area on Sunday which at 7000' will be 25 to 30 degrees cooler. We are at the Hon-Dah RV Park in Pinetop-Lakeside.




We knew we would be escaping the heat but thought we were going to be in a good Verizon spot based on the coverage maps but we are in a deadzone. So we are escaping the internet and cellphones too. The park has wifi but it is very unreliable. We are at the Library right now using their Wifi. Who knew that a public library would be closed on a Monday. We will resume blogging when we get back to the Phoenix area in a week. Our Bigfoot automatic leveling system had some problems when we tried to setup and it is fun trying to do troubleshooting without a phone or internet.

Here is the weather for us this week.



Here is the weather in Phoenix.



Can you tell why we decided to leave for a few days :-)

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

The formatting on this posting is not our normal formatting since we copied it from another source that we had written offline.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

ALL IN: GOOGLE EDITION AND A BWE WARNING

Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low 74 Sunny High 98) 

With all the uproar on the Microsoft Livewire issues with Google Blogger and recently the uproar on the changes to Google Maps we figured it was time to update how we are all in when it comes to Google. Our first foray with Google products began a long time ago like a lot of people with Google search on the desktop.




Google is now a verb as you are asked to just google it to find something out. Next we went with GMail.




Both of these were before our smartphone era. During the pre-smartphone era Bob had a Palm Pilot and carried it everywhere with him. When someone mentioned a great place to eat he added it to a Palm docs file. That file got so large he created a file for each state. When the Palm Pilots were placed in the technology graveyard Bob transferred the files to Microsoft Word files and for awhile only existed on the desktop. When we got smartphones they were transferred to Google Docs.




Whenever we wanted to go somewhere we googled it and got directions. Then with smartphones we got turn by turn navigation. With our blogging we used Google Maps for trip info when moving from one spot to another and for the yearly summary of our travels.




We also created a state map for each doc file. Google Maps has probably been our biggest headache though. When you are all in with something you tend to try and stick it out with them. Google has a tendency to just release new versions without much testing it would seem and even a greater lack of understanding what the users need. After a new release there is this great uproar and eventually bug fixes and features they discarded make their way back into Maps but by that time there is a new version and it starts all over again. But we are still using Maps, trying to figure it out.

We use Google Blogger for our blogging but unlike a lot of our fellow bloggers we don't use Livewire we just use the formatting features with Blogger. 




We are old enough that we used IBM Script language, the precursor of HTML, to create documents in the very old days. In fact Bob's Master's Thesis was written with IBM Script. The formatting within blogger isn't great but it is usable. If not we can always switch to html formatting

Finally, we also use Google Calendar.




Our main family calendar is in Microsoft Outlook, a carryover from Bob's working days. The calendar is transferred to Bob's smartphone calendar and then to his Google Calendar and finally to Jo's calendar on her phone so she knows what is going on.

So you can see we are all in when it comes to Google. We still have photos in Yahoo Flickr which we had before and our tasks that Bob maintains are in Outlook but we pretty much have sold our soul to Google. One thing we do like is how Google search has different themes throughout the year. Here is one of our favorites, a Marvel theme.




Finally, the BWE (Baskerville Weather Effect) is in full force. The BWE kicks in when we travel resulting in above normal highs, lows, rain, or 'it never snows that late in the year in Yellowstone', etc. There are two days that have never, ever had rain in the Phoenix area, that is until this year and the BWE. Now there is only one, June 4th never had rain before until we were in the area. The other date is June 11th so we shall see if it is going to be a double bogey today although the forecast is for sunny. We don't "plan" on being here another June 11th so that date is safe.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, June 4, 2015

JUNE HOTTEST MONTH IN PHOENIX AREA

Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low 73 Mostly Sunny High 101) 

As we embark on a hot June we were surprised to hear on the weather news recently that June is the hottest month here in the valley of the sun.





Every day in June 2014 was 100 degrees or higher and 24 days were 105 degrees or higher, and 2 days were 110 degrees or higher. The hottest day on record in Phoenix, 122, was on June 26, 1990.

We heard a revisision on the classic, "but it's a dry heat", Arizonans say "it's a fry heat" :-)




Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Monday, June 1, 2015

DIDN'T EXPECT THIS

Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low 72 Sunny High 104)

We knew it was going to be hot while we were still in the Phoenix area for Jo to get her pain center treatments but we did not expect all the bright colors from cactus to plants, shrubs and trees. Here are some examples of photos just recently taken.











Our grapefruit tree, or at least the one right next to our fifth wheel has started the yearly process and here are some grapefruit we will enjoy later in the year.




Well it has begun, after a below normal May with more rain than normal and lower temperatures than normal we are smack dab in the midst of heat, or what they call average temperatures over 100 degrees. We saw an article in the Arizona Republic that you really can't say it's hot until it is over 110 because then everything changes. Luckily we haven't seen that yet but we are certain that is in our future.

Jo goes in for her second procedure on her neck tomorrow with a few more to go. Right now with all of the procedures and the lag between appointments we are thinking we are going to be here for a long time. We are taking a break from the heat in mid-June and heading up to the Show Low area for a week where temps are in the 70s instead of the 100s.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo